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Saturday 10 December 2016

McCarthy on target for Toffees

Everton 3 Norwich 0

Everton's James McCarthy. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Everton's James McCarthy. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Everton made a winning start to life after Roberto Martinez as Tim Howard bade farewell with a clean sheet.

Toffees fans had been calling for the Spaniard's head with increasing ferocity and Bill Kenwright finally brought the axe down on Thursday.

Only five home wins in the Premier League this season played a big part in Martinez's demise but David Unsworth and Joe Royle, who were placed in temporary charge, were victorious at the first time of asking as Norwich were dispatched 3-0.

The relegated Canaries certainly did not offer the stiffest opposition and James McCarthy put the hosts ahead in the 19th minute, with Leighton Baines netting a penalty just before half-time.

Kevin Mirallas added the third three minutes after the break as the toxic atmosphere of recent months at Goodison Park was replaced by a stroll in the sunshine.

Howard, making the 414th and final appearance of his decade at Goodison Park, received a standing ovation before the game and was never seriously tested. He returns to the US to joins the Colorado Rapids.

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